Not long after Eric Bolling and the Fox News network parted ways, he revealed the saddest fate for any parent. Bolling was a beloved host on the news station. But on September 9, news broke that Bolling’s son had died. It was a tragedy that Bolling has had trouble dealing with, as any parent would. Bolling’s son was named Eric Chase. It has been almost two months since Eric’s death.
And his body went through an official autopsy and a police investigation. But on Thursday, Bolling, speaking for the entire family, announced the cause of death for his son, Eric Chase.
“Just received some tragic news from Coroner in Colorado. Eric Chase’s passing has been ruled an accidental overdose that included opioids. Adrienne and I thank you for your continued prayers and support. We must fight against this national epidemic, too many innocent victims.”
One way for President Trump to help average people fight their opioid addictions could be added to his emergency declaration plan. Trump could allow Medicaid patients to start getting treatment at large institutions that help treat mental diseases, such as addictions. These institutions are known by the acronym IMDs. Right now, the current health care policy has an “IMD exclusion” that prevents Americans on Medicaid from getting substance abuse treatment from facilities with more than 16 beds in them. This current law limits how much help people could receive.
Trump’s opioid commission run by New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie recommended removing this exclusion.
In their report, it said: “This is the single fastest way to increase treatment availability across the nation.”
Chris Christie’s commission added:
“The first and most urgent recommendation of this commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
Trump’s declaration is a big win for individuals and families suffering from the opioid crisis.
“Addressing it will require all of our efforts, and it will require us to confront the crisis in all of its real complexity,” Trump said during a speech in the East Room of the White House. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from the scourge.”
It takes the lives of a reported 100 Americans every day. And it affects people from all different socioeconomic status.
When Trump made the announcement, he said:
“This epidemic is a national health emergency,” he said. “Nobody has seen anything like what is going on now. As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Never been this way. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.”
Former Fox News host Eric Bolling certainly knows the pains of the crisis. And for any families like his who have lost someone to opioid overdose, we send you our prayers.